Everyone knows that kids in foster care have a harder time in school. They tend to fall behind academically. Trauma makes it nearly impossible for information learned to transfer to long-term memory.
I would like to bring up the realities of The System though. Foster care is part of the problem itself.
Captain was removed from his family on January 22. The social workers literally told me they didn't think he attended any school while placed with the relative he went to immediately upon removal. They didn't do anything about it at the time either. I honestly don't know what happened, but that relative placement fell through and Captain came to me on the evening of the 26th.
I couldn't put Captain in school immediately. I needed paperwork. I also had several appointments that had to be taken care of. Granted, some of these appointments were rather important. I understand. But the quantity of appointments does lend itself to explaining why kids have so many problems with every move.
I was going to start Captain in school on the 29th but was instead informed that he had to be interviewed at a child advocacy center that morning instead. I was able to enroll and start Captain on the 30th. That was six days out of school from when the "incident" happened.
On February 2nd I was required to bring the cherubs to the doctor because when the State took them on the 26th they didn't do a vision test, hearing test, lead test, or TB test. Another day of school missed.
On February 5th, Captain missed school because he was required to attend court.
On February 10th, Captain missed another day because of the required dentist appointment. He also missed the following day so he could participate in a psychological evaluation.
And today I was just informed that Captain is now required to attend a Family Group Conference with his bio family and all of his siblings next week. CPS assures me that he only has to stay for the "Hopes and Dreams" segment of the meeting. They scheduled it for 8:30am though so Captain will be missing another day of school. I'm quite confident that this meeting is going to be quite traumatic as it's not a "visit" but he'll see his entire family.
And let's not forget...therapy for Captain is starting March 4th and his appointment is scheduled for Noon. I have a feeling he'll have to miss some school (a partial day anyway) every two weeks for therapy.
And no, visits haven't started yet. Somehow those have to get factored into his schedule as well. The judge ordered two 2-hour visits a week with Wendy (bio mom) and two 2-hour separate visits with Schmee (bio dad). I have no idea how it's all going to work.
Foster care keeps kids crazy busy. Not only do they miss school. But they also lose time where they could play and just be KIDS. I'm doing my best to help Captain acclimate to his new life. But I know this has been a serious shock to his system!